Coolers are one of the rare things about computers I never looked much into, always ran on stock.
But now I OC'd my AMD 3800 X2 from 2.0 to 2.3GHz and temps are 55-60 full load.
So I need a good (not over priced) coller that'll lower my temp. for at least 10 degrees, even 15.
CPU is AM2 socket.
if you can try and buy something called coollaboratory liquid pro, it's a top thermal liquid that will knock alot of C off the temps. It beat the No 1 thermal paste artic silver by 6C so it's quite good.
I'd go for the Zalman and AS5, I like having a cooler that cools good and also looks cool inside my case. Theres a article on these Zalman coolers at Anandtech. Someone else posted about it earlier. Search frostytech if you want the absolute best cooler. But for me I'd take a zalman anytime.
I can say from ownership that my 9500 has been an excellent cooler and served me well for over a year now, providing all but the most extreme overclocks at good temps. However, looking at that article, it seems there are better price points available. The Freezer Pro 64 I beleive is still a good buy.
Here's an older article including the Freezer Pro 64 and the Zalman.
I checked out this "Coollaboratory Liquid Pro" and found it really does cool better than Arctic Silver 5. It looks really messy and difficult to apply though... I wouldn't feel bad just sticking with AS5 if it's all you can find.
I got AC Pro, price was very afordable. I think it'll do great...IF I COULD INSTALL IT!
For now I can't even remove AMD's stock cooler, theres some plastic lever that won't budge much and I'm afraid to force it so it doesn't break...
this is harder than I thought.
Also it seems once I remove stock cooler...well, the fittings don't look quite the same? It IS AM2 cooler but it looks like it won't fit properly...
Is there something I have to put inbetween, some kind of holder or something?
Not sure, I'll see when AND IF I EVER remove stock cooler...
Where did you get your rig? Sure looks homebuilt to me, whoever built it for you can probably help remove your stock cooler. Or maybe the shop where you got the cooler will do it for free or a small fee.
It is homebuilt, but I wasn't the one to install mobo and CPU. Did everything else though.
I could got to the store, but I'd really like to do this myself. This is one of the rare things I never did....only thing probably.
Doesn't look that complicated, If only I could get that old one of...
Maybe theres illustrated manual somwhere on the net...I can't see much on that black & white pics in mobo manual..